Educational institutions may be eligible for a waiver of entrance fees. To qualify for a fee waiver, your group must meet the following criteria:
You must be a bona fide educational group, and able to provide documentation of your official recognition as an educational or scientific institution by a Federal, State, or Local government body. Therefore, you should be able to provide at least one of the following:
- A statement, on official letterhead, confirming educational or scientific tax exemption from the IRS, or the applicant's national, state or local tax authority.
- A statement, on official letterhead, from a bon fide educational institution confirming that the group is visiting for the purpose of providing transferable educational credit based on curriculum.
- A statement, on official letterhead, of accreditation, or recognition as an educational institution from a qualified national, regional, state, or local authority for the applicant's location.
Clearly describe the educational purpose of the visit. Applicants must provide a written statement on the application confirming that the visit supports a specific curriculum for which academic credit is offered. If the group is on a commercial tour, the applicant must state how the tour supports the curriculum.
Relevance of Park Resources
The visit must be conducted for educational or scientific purposes related to Vicksburg National Military Park. Applicants must provide a written statement on official letterhead, identifying the park resources and/or facilities that will be used to support the educational purpose of the visit, and how the resources are relevant to that purpose.
To apply for an educational fee waiver, please complete the following Fee Waiver Application Form (pdf, 36 kb) using the criteria described above, and return it to us as soon possible. You must also submit a written statement on official letterhead identifying the educational purpose of the trip. If approved, an educational fee waiver will be granted for access into Vicksburg National Military Park. A copy of the approved fee waiver will be faxed or mailed to you, and a second copy sent to the entrance gate for their records.
If your group is using a commercial tour company, the group (not the company) must apply for the fee waiver, and must state how the tour supports the curriculum.
PLEASE ALLOW 2-3 WEEKS FOR PROCESSING.
Fee waivers are not available at entrance stations and must be obtained prior to your visit or the entrance fee will be required.
Academic fee waivers do not include CD, or Guided Tour fees.
Academic fee waivers cannot be granted for hardship factors.
Service, civic, or fraternal organizations, such as Scouting, Rotary, Elks, and Military Groups are not covered under the academic fee waiver program. However, they may request a waiver of fees. The criteria for this is consistent with the Education Fee Waiver Program. Please submit the Educational Fee Waiver as posted above along with an explanation of the groups educational visit on the groups official letterhead for consideration.
Guidelines for Chaperone to Student Ratios:
Since fee waivers are only for educational purposes, the following guidelines will be used in determining an appropriate number of chaperones eligible for fee waiver. The number of chaperones allowed under a fee waiver is based on the age and grade level of the student. Any additional chaperones will be required to pay the per person charge as applicable.
The ratios of eligible chaperones to students are:
- One chaperone for each 20 College students
- One chaperone for each 10 Jr. High/High School students
- One chaperone for each 5 Elementary students
If your request is approved, the applicant will receive an academic fee waiver. Each vehicle in the group must present a copy of the approved fee waiver at the park entrance station.
If the request is denied, the group will receive a letter from the park explaining why the group does not qualify. If required material is not submitted, the park will attempt to contact and assist the group.
If you have further questions concerning fees at Vicksburg National Military Park, do not hesitate to contact: Lead Fee Visitor Use Assistant, (601) 638-1870, ext. 2912.